2. I want single Christians to know Singleness has advantages.

Paul mentions two advantages of singleness in 1 Corinthians 7:

Single people are spared the “troubles” of marriage. There are many great blessings in marriage, but there are difficulties too.

Understandably, Christian couples don’t often talk openly about the hard things they face, which can give singles a rose-tinted view of marriage.

But there’s a downside even when a married couple’s relationship is good: life is more complicated. There’s more than one person to consider in decisions about use of time, accommodation, holidays, even the daily menu. And there’s more than one person to worry about.

Children bring great pleasure but plenty of anxiety as well. Marriage does bring “many troubles in this life” and, Paul says, “I want to spare you this” (1 Cor. 7:28). He mentions these troubles here chiefly because of the bearing they have on the next point.

I want single Christians to know single people can devote themselves more fully to God’s work.

“An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided” (1 Cor. 7:32-34).

A vital part of the Christian responsibility of married persons is to care for their spouse and children. That should take time, time that cannot therefore be spent in witnessing to people, helping out at a camp, doing the church finances, or leading a Bible study. Single people have more time to give to such things.

It’s no coincidence that many activities in church life depend to a large extent on those who aren’t married. A few consciously choose to stay single to devote themselves to Christian work.

Most single people haven’t chosen singleness in that way and yet they have the same advantages as those who have.

Instead of focusing on the difficulties of being single, as some do, we should all make the most of the advantages of God’s gift of singleness while we have it.

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